Ballard Commons Park Needs Your Help!

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Ballard, we need your opinion!

Ballard’s Chamber of Commerce has reached a two-year agreement with the Seattle Parks Department to help veer activities in the Ballard Commons Park towards a more positive direction. With the support of a Seattle Parks Department employee who specializes in community park development, the Chamber of Commerce hopes to “activate” the park, and make is a space of which people want to spend time at.

The same agreement the Ballard Chamber of Commerce has reached with the Seattle Parks Department, helped the Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill, become one happening park – filled with summertime sun worshipers, families, soccer players, tennis pros, basketball hoopsters, bike polo hipsters and more. Once a reservoir, initially hit a roadblock in its lack of community use. Though the program, Cal Anderson Park saw vast improvements in terms of community involvement, recreational use and appreciation.

In 2006, the Cal Anderson Park Alliance (CAPA) was formed by the Seattle Parks Department, and according to their website the alliance aims to bring, “together citizens and Parks employees who are dedicated to generating creative, innovative activities, programs and events to activate Cal Anderson Park. Our goal is to build on and sustain healthy, safe and varied uses for the park.”

In order to create such a change, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce needs insight and feedback from Ballard locals on what activities they’d like to see offered in the Ballard Commons Park. And so, Executive Director Mike Stewart requests: “We’d like to hear your ideas about the types of events that could be planned for the park. It could be a smaller-scale event, such as a dog walk meet-up, a fitness class and buskers over the lunch hour. Or maybe a larger event like a concert or movie in the park.” Or a giant slip-n-slide on a hot summer day? Maybe some bocce ball? Now that’s what I’m talking about – let’s get the party started!

This next part is super important. If you truly want to see a change happen for the Ballard Commons Park, share your ideas, or better yet – offer to help! Both, would be ideal – but at the very least, unload your ideas here (it’s a survey for the Chamber of Commerce).

For more information about the initiative, click here.

 

February Real Estate Recap

This February we saw another unbalanced month of real estate in the northwest Seattle market. It continued the trend of last year of being a very strong sellers market as home prices jumped when compared year over year. With less homes coming on the market it is forcing the many buyers in the market to pay more, be aggressive with their offer, and compete in a multiple bid process, where often times the final sales price will end up well above the asking price. Below are some stats that will reinforce these points.

Blue Ridge

For February 2015

  • 10% fewer homes came on the market than in February 2014
  • 7% fewer homes sold than in February 2014
  • The median home sold went for 16% more than in February 2014
  • There is currently less than a 1 month supply of inventory (which is lowest in King County)
  • Average days on market is 34 days (lowest in King County)

If you have any questions about the northwest Seattle real estate market feel free to reach out and we would be happy to assist.

*Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service

 

Mars Hill sells Flagship Location in Ballard for $9 Million

If you live in Ballard, you’ve likely seen the Mars Hill mega church that sits directly across from the Trader Joe’s store. Reported in the Puget Sound Business Journal today, the church bought the property for $4.8 million in 2003, and keeping it within faith-devoted family, just sold it to local church Quest for $9 million. The Ballard location was the most valuable of 15 the locations the church owned across 5 states.  Ballard-Map

Additionally Mars Hill is selling their 40,000-sf corporate facility at 1411 N.W. 50th Street, as well as their Sammamish building which offers 30,000-sf and around two-acres of land. Both properties asking price is $6.9 million and with Seattle’s real estate industry booming, these properties are catching the interest of retail and office developers.

DPD Hosts Seattle 2035 Discussion at Ballard High School Tonight

92072Tonight, at the Ballard High School Commons (1418 NW 65th Street) from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is hosting the first of three meetings, discussing local industrial lands and possible future policies surrounding them.

Proposed and named by the City, Seattle 2035 is DPD’s multi-year project that examines growth patterns and city offerings in Seattle.  Mandatory by State law, Seattle is to review and update their Comprehensive Plan every ten years. The deadline for these amendments is June 30, 2015 and the purpose of these meetings is to invite community feedback on proposed policies.

It comes as no shock that Seattle is growing, if you’d like to see something change in the next 20 years, join the conversation and get involved.

 

Seattle 2035 Industrial Lands Policy Discussion – Ballard

Tues, March 3, 2015, 6pm

Ballard High School

1418 NW 65th St., Seattle, WA 98117

 

Seattle 2035 Industrial Lands Policy Discussion – Interbay

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6pm

Q Café

3223 15th Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98119

 

Seattle 2035 Industrial Lands Policy Discussion – Interbay

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6pm

South Seattle Community College – Georgetown Campus, RM C-122

6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108